Tag. {You're it.}

I've made it.  I've made it to the BIG TIME ladies & gentlemen (are you there gentlemen??).

Okay maybe not in "real life" but on the ol' blog anyways.

I've been tagged.

For the very first time.
Thanks to Claire... one of the best writers I've had the pleasure to get to know over this past year.  Authentic, witty, passionate, driven, disciplined, creative... all of the qualities you'd want to see in a blogger... in a friend.  I credit her with giving me the courage to write from the heart... to dig a little deeper (beyond what I was comfortable sharing... representing)... to find my true voice.  And beyond that, she has inspired me in so many other ways- from personal finances to personal relationships.

I may have been a little 'over-enthused' about the whole tagging bit, but if anyone is going to ask me to link up 7 of my old blog posts- there's no one more fitting than Claire.

So without further ado- here's the fine print.

What this is about:
To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.


1) Blogger is nominated to take part.
2) Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category.

  • Your most beautiful post
  • Your most popular post
  • Your most controversial post
  • Your most helpful post
  • A post whose success surprised you
  • A post you feel didn’t got the attention it deserved
  • The post that you are most proud of
3) Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part.
4) These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate another 5 more bloggers.
5) And so it goes on!
6) The site Trip Base be sharing the best posts from participating bloggers on their blog and everyday on Facebook and Twitter at #My7Links.

{here are my 7 picks}
1. My most beautiful post.
{our little home away from home.}

2. My most popular post.
{a lovely recipe... one that I strongly encourage you to add to your fall/winter repertoire.}

3. My most controversial post.

4. My most helpful post.

{a huge personal breakthrough.  before I started the blog, I was told that putting your heart out there sparks others to do the same... walls come down... truth comes out.  this post exemplifies this, and is ultimately what I hoped to achieve from this little place to share.}

5. A post whose success surprised me.

{the responses not only surprised me, but delighted me.}
6. A post I feel didn’t got the attention it deserved.

{definitely got the attention in terms of traffic, but I hoped more would play along!  c'mon- don't you have a favorite post you'd like to share with me?  believe it or not, I actually want to SEE! (yes... still shamelessly begging for participation.)}
7. The post that I am most proud of.

{a strange choice in a way, but my first attempt at digging a little deeper into a topic... beyond just the "happy" (not that anything is wrong with the happy, but there's a fine line between 'authentic writing' and TMI- and exploring that line can be a little scary} 

Whoa.  That was a LOT of links all wrapped up into one.  Thank you for sticking with me- in this post, but more importantly, in this past year and a half of blogging.

Now for the fun part.  I get to tag 5 others to play along!
I'm horrible at choosing in this way, so I took the easy way out and chose the first five commenters on yesterday's post (all 5 of my daily reads, and who I know will have 7 great picks).  Well, ladies: 
Tag.  {You're it.}



  1. Torrie, I always love looking at your past posts (and present ones of course!) Yikes....I'm tagged. Ok...it's added to the todo list ;)

  2. Yayyyyy! Congrats on the tag! I loved going back and looking at some of your older posts! What a fun idea.

    Have a great weekend, Torrie!
    xo jess

  3. Loved this post and I'm making my way through all these. Great controversial post which led me to Shabby Apple. Which might lead me to posting too about how fed up I am with all this teasing and bullying- was it that bad when we were kids. On the bright side, Loved all your pics from Sonoma they made me feel right in the pool under the sun...

  4. What a fun revisit through your blog, Torrie! I especially like #5 because that was the first time I commented and "met" you. :)


  5. Very fun post - I was surprised more people didn't participate in 'Share and Tell' too! It's fun to look back, isn't it? Now I'll follow along and see what is shared on the blogs you tagged...

  6. Congrats on being tagged! Now I have to make sure I've read all these posts :)

  7. This is so fun! All of these posts deserve more attention!! I love the "playdate" post, never saw it :)

  8. Torrie-this is such a great way to check out some of your finest posts. I can't recall if I bookmarked the soup recipe but I would love to give it a try. I agree with your beautiful post too..who doesn't love a post focused on wine and family right? Just beautiful!!!

  9. I think I have about seven posts total. so this will be really easy. or terribly difficult. =) love your recap.

  10. oh torrie. you are way, way too kind! your words are so sweet and they go straight to my heart. i appreciate it so much. (and honestly not sure i deserve them!!) your comments are always guaranteed to make me smile ear to ear when i read them! but mostly i'm so glad that you feel comfortable sharing your real self (we like that girl!) i know i'm always getting real, honest, everyday life when reading your blog, and that's the best kind.

    i think i missed a few of these posts, so i'm glad you reposted! and you were totally big time waaaay before the tag :)

  11. i like this post. i bet it was fun to think through your different posts and what would fit into each of those categories. I love your post about tending to frumpy...I have let that happen lately...and I need to pick it back up...

  12. Ahhh shucks! I am so delighted you tagged me! Girl, I love reminiscing over all these posts. There wasn't one you chose I didn't love, with your controversial post actually being one of my favorites. It is the way you write and express your inner thoughts that draws me to you. I love that I was and still am able to watch you grow in so many ways through your blog as well as our friendship! Congrats on being tagged and Love all the posts!

  13. Love this! Looks like these are all "new to me" posts and I can't wait to read them. So far, I'm especially intrigued with the wine country photos (looks like pure family bliss) and the last one. I love a good and honest post. I'm off to read and now think about my own! Thanks for "tagging" me!

  14. Oh! You tagged me!! Awesome and thank you!! I'll get to work on my honor responsibilities. :)

  15. I love reading all these past posts, Torrie! It's fun to get your perspective on them... :)

  16. That recipe is definitely being added to my fall menu rotation...YUM!

  17. love reading some posts i had never seen and love re-reading some too! i saw "wine country at heart" for the first time when you linked back to it this summer....and you are right, most beautiful. love everything about it and all the warm fuzzy nostalgia that goes with it. xoxo


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